You know I tend to agree that the best immediate response always comes from charitable organizations. I have a few local charities that I support. Not as much as I'd like, but I do support two community charities. I think it's wise to remember that the people who can help the most and the quickest are those in your own community. So I'm not one to depend on the government for assistance under any circumstances. I didn't in the 94 Earthquake here, and I was 4 miles form the epicenter and suffered a lot of damage. We had no place to sleep, there was price gouging, the whole nine yards, but my church was there the morning after the earthquake occured. The damn roads were rolling from aftershocks as we drove, yet my church [and others] were already in the field. FEMA did help a lot of people back then, but I gather that the agency was beter funded during Clinton's administration.
Anyway, here is where you lose me on this... If the government is useless, I don't want to have to pay for that uselessness. They waste taxpayer money doing nothing but *waste* money. I don't think anyone realizes when we talk about billions of dollars that we are talking about *our* money. OUR money. Taxpayer money. The very thought that billions of dollars was sunk into FEMA and Homeland security and NOTHING resulted.. well it is infuriating.
We were promised that we would be safe, and yet all I saw was a modern day version of the keystone cops running around during the aftermath of Katrina. And I'll be honest, I don't care whose fault it was that the levees broke, all I cared about was helping the people who were dying from dehydration.
Politicians can point the finger *after* the emergency is over. Does no one ever get that? Act now--point a finger later. People died while incompetent politicians [at every level] argued over jurisdiction. If the law is that cumbersome and ineffective in the very emergency it was meant to serve, then guess what? THE LAW WAS WRITTEN POORLY! And who wrote the laws? You got it.. more incompetent lawmakers and managers.
Where is it suppose to end? If I hear one more time that some glitch in the law actually caused people to be stopped from receiving help, I'll scream. Incompetent civil servants, hiding behind even more incompetent language in a law that makes the government feel good, but is useless to the people the government is suppose to serve. Does no one see this? And WE pay for this incompetence.
While Republicans and Democrats alike pointed the finger to "the other guy" during the aftermath of Katrina, real people and their lives were destroyed. Yet no one looked at the organization, the laws or anything and said.. "We messed up. This section, this law, this statute, this whatever got in the way of speedy action." No one.
So here's my point, I won't depend on the government to rescue me , and the government doesn't count on me for support either. How's that. I'm reaching the point where all I want from the government is to defend us, and print money and leave the rest to me. The government is a bottomless pit of waste and mismanagement and that's the truth.
And no that didn't happen in the last 6 years but it has sure been elevated an art form in the last 6 years.